I have a 5 year old Mikawa Yatsubusa Japanese maple that has been growing very well the last two years. It was in a fairly large pot and then I transferred it over to an appropriately sized pot this last year and it responded quite well. I cannot be sure exactly what’s happening now but for whatever reason the bright green bark that it once was is not turning pale brown and it appears as though some of the buds are withering and dying. It happened very fast, I usually check my trees every few days but as it is late winter early spring in Kansas I am at that in between period where we go from having 70 degree days to 20 degree days in a matter of 48 hours or less. Coupled with that is a ridiculous amount of rain following a period of relative drought in our area. I am wondering if the cause of the browning is due to too much water on the roots? I moved the tree into the garage to keep it away from moisture for now but I was hoping to get a little insight as to what might be happening. Please it seems like this tree is on a quick path to death so and suggestions would be extremely welcome. Thanks all!